Born in 1873, Willa Cather’s life spanned two centuries and an incredible change in American life. At a time when few women went to college she earned an AB from the University of Nebraska and went on to write for and then edit McClure’s magazine from 1906-1911. She spent the rest of her life writing fulltime.
Her novels are typically set in the prairies of the Midwest. She wrote novels, short stories, and poetry, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for One of Ours. Cather’s writing is carefully crafted and still compelling today. Try My Antonia if you’ve never read her and Death Comes for the Archbishop for a more challenging read.